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Your reproductive rights are not assured. This is the message that has been made clear in a wave of attacks on both sides of the Atlantic recently. In the US, laws attempting to restrict women’s rights to abortion, to stop them accessing contraception as part of their healthcare, and even to criminalise miscarriage, have found their echoes on our own shores. The likes of Nadine Dorries, Conservative Party MP, are attempting to push back the time frame for legal abortion and religious groups like 40daysforlife have used the cover of staged ‘vigils’ to harass, intimidate and, where possible, prevent women from accessing abortion services.
Royal Holloway University Feminism Society brought to light another battle that has yet to be won completely – the right for people to access emergency contraception in a timely and respectful fashion. When women came together to share their experiences the outcome was a grim reflection of this truth. A flat denial of service was reported in a local Boots on “religious grounds”, and pharmacists and GPs with suspect motives were reported to have told women that they didn’t “really need” emergency contraception due to the time of their cycle. Almost any woman who has sought emergency contraception has a story of judgemental treatment; a lack of privacy when being questioned on shop floors, not to mention the high cost of the meds where NHS treatment is unavailable.
It is a tough problem to tackle, and one that we are inclined not to organise around due to its occasional and private nature. It fails to stir the same passion as abortion rights but the continued stigma it attaches to women, and the failure of the young and the poor in particular to readily access emergency contraception is a continued outrage. If you hear of any local places refusing emergency contraception then feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a list of pharmacies in Egham/Staines that are signed up to the Surrey scheme to provide free emergency contraception to under 25s (but, only if the participating pharmacist is on duty, so it’s not foolproof):
Boots The Chemist
Two Rivers Retail Park, Staines, TW18 4WB
Tel: 01784 455437
3 The Broadway, Kingston Rd, Staines, TW18 1AT
Tel: 01784 452813
37 High St, Stanwell, Staines, TW19 7LJ,
Tel: 01784 247013
23 Edinburgh Drive, Laleham, Staines, TW18 1PJ,
Tel: 01784 252962
229 Pooley Green Rd, Egham, TW20 8AS,
Tel: 01784 452502
165 High St, Staines, TW18 4PA,
Tel: 01784 452549
56 High St, Egham, TW20 9EX,
Tel: 01784 432325
63 Wheatsheaf lane, Staines, TW18 2PG
Tel: 01784 451731
You can also use http://www.fpa.org.uk/helpandadvice/findaclinic to find a local clinic that will give you emergency contraception for free.
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Our new poster is a modern rendition of The Pyramid of Capitalist System, an illustration of the hierarchical system of capitalist rule. This image depicts the multiple tiers of working class oppression.
At the top of the pyramid sits the state, which serves the interests of the ruling class and functions under capitalism as the protector of private wealth and property. Below the state sits the parasite class, the bourgeoisie, who exploit the toilers of the world and profit from the work they do. Under the Bourgeoisie stands their media who encourage obedience to and acceptance of the status quo, ensuring the interests and pockets of those who fund and run them are protected. If obedience cannot be encouraged it will surely be enforced by the members of the next tier. The police and militia hold as their objective not the protection of “the people,” but rather the protection of capital from “the people.”
Beneath it all, bearing the weight of the entire system, are the workers who produce all things fundamental to the perpetuation of life and the continuation of this system. In addition to illustrating the multi-layered oppression and exploitation of workers, this image also begs the question, “what would happen to capitalism if the workers simply withdrew their support?”
Workfare & Job Seekers Allowance Claimants Public Meeting – Thursday 5th July, 7pm @ St Peter’s Church Hall, Staines
Being pressured into a mandatory work scheme? Having trouble navigating
the benefits system? Worried about un-and-under employment issues?
Workfare and JSA Claimants Public Meeting
Thursday 5th July
St Peter’s Church Hall
Laleham Road, Staines TW18 2DX
7pm – 9pm
Workfare is a government led scheme which places people who have been
claiming Jobseekers Allowance, and are unable to find employment, onto
work placements. This results in unemployed people being forced to work
for private companies without pay. We believe this is completely
inappropriate, undermining the jobs for workers which do exist, and
placing the burden of a collapsing economy upon those least to blame for
Come and find out more about workfare and people’s experiences of it, why
it should be resisted, and how to avoid ending up on workfare yourself!
This meeting is of particular interest to anyone who is currently
unemployed and/or claiming benefits, or who is taking part in any of the
five workfare schemes.
Food and drink will be available at the venue. If you wish to make use of
crèche facilities, please email us before Tuesday 3rd July at
– Our new leaflet with information about the workfare schemes and details of our public meeting for those interested in finding out more about workfare. The meeting will be of particular interest to those on Job Seekers Allowance.
Over 300 leaflets distributed, WHSmiths and McDonald’s picketed and lots of good chats with locals about the ins and outs of workfare. A positive day.
We’re currently building for a public meeting about workfare on Thursday 5th July, 7pm @ St Peter’s Church Hall, Laleham Road, Staines. Free food and drink will be available and there will be a creche if required.